Copernicus Masters offers prizes worth €600K+ to new ideas regarding Earth observation (Sponsored)


Europe’s leading innovation competition dedicated to Earth observation (EO), the Copernicus Masters, is scouting for new ideas, applications, and business concepts that use EO data to solve important social and commercial challenges. Participants of the Copernicus Masters still have the opportunity to enter the competition with their innovative EO ideas until 30 June 2018.

Why participate in the Copernicus Masters?

  • Attractive cash prizes and potential startup funding
  • Access to an international network of leading EO organisations
  • Access to the Copernicus Accelerator
  • Substantial satellite data quotas
  • Access to a crowd investing platform
  • Active business development support

The Copernicus Masters prize pool is worth more than €600,000 in total. On top of that, the overall winner receives a VIP trip to a satellite launch in Kourou valued at €10,000.

Who are the partners of the Copernicus Masters?

The partners of the 2018 edition are the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Commission (EC), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), CGI, Planet Inc., BayWa AG, Stevenson Astrosat Ltd., Airbus, Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd. and the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI).

16 challenges target a wide diversity of application fields

This year, the Copernicus Masters competition is bigger than ever: 16 challenges with exciting topics tackling global societal and business-related issues, including the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, energy, health, sustainable living, smart farming, disaster management and digital transportation.

No matter what kind of new idea interested participants come up with, the Copernicus Masters offers a challenge and respective prizes to all sorts of application fields.

Especially the EO Future Challenge by the European Space Agency (ESA) is looking for solutions in the areas of IoT, AI and machine learning to explore the benefits of integrating Copernicus EO data into a product or service. By providing disruptive solutions in the above mentioned emerging areas with a platform, your solution should demonstrate how it is using EO data – in particular Copernicus data – to enhance your product or service and how it provides added benefits to users.

As you can tell, no matter what kind of new idea interested participants come up with, the Copernicus Masters offers a challenge and respective prizes to all sorts of application fields.

Who are the target groups?

The diversity of application fields of the competition is also reflected in the target groups of the competition: Startups, entrepreneurs, SMEs, students, developers, researchers, space, (geospatial) data and high-tech enthusiasts. One common goal unites them: The urge to make the world a better place with new ideas for smart solutions.

The Copernicus Masters Mission

The mission of the Copernicus Masters is to foster the user uptake of Europe’s flagship EO programme, Copernicus, as well as to look at our planet and its environment for the ultimate benefit of EU citizens. With more than 450 participants from 38 countries in 2017, the Copernicus Masters competition affirms the importance of EO on the global scale.

Business and society constantly need new ideas for innovative solutions to make an impact! The same applies to EO. Let’s go! The Copernicus Masters is waiting to turn new ideas into high-flyers. Apply now!